With key players unavailable due to holidays or injury this was always going to be a real test for Knowle’s newly-assembled team.
Manager Dean Donaghy was quite frank with his comments.
‘‘We didn’t deserve anything out of the game as we never really got to grips with a much-improved Feckenham side,’’ he said.
The first half was a very close affair and Knowle probably had the best chances.
Alex Knight whipped a great delivery in from the left which the visiting goalkeeper dealt with extremely well under pressure from Craine, who would have had a simple tap-in.
A couple of efforts from the edge of the area were then about all both teams could muster.
After the break Feckenham came out flying and could have and should have been two up inside ten minutes so it came as no surprise when, on the hour, they broke the deadlock.
Sloppy defending allowed their marksman to pick his spot in the bottom corner and five minutes later their lead was doubled when a terrible mistake by the Knowle goalkeeper gifted the visitors a two-goal cushion.
Knowle huffed and puffed but never looked like getting back into this contest.
Craine had a golden opportunity with ten minutes remaining when clean through but he looked to lob the advancing ’keeper and could only direct his shot straight into his arms.
It was a disappointing start for the new management team of Donaghy and Chris Knott but they remain confident they can compete. This week Knowle entertain Barnt Green at the Robins Nest (3pm).